Blue Planet needs a freshwater aquarist

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The Blue Planet Aquarium at Cheshire Oaks is looking for a freshwater aquarist. Nathan Hill takes a look at what's involved in this once in a lifetime job...

This is the ideal opportunity for someone with the background and experience to go for making their passion into a career, and one definitely not to be missed!

The job involves working with a wide range of freshwater displays, but also aquarists will be turning their hands to some marine and terrestrial work, too.

One eagerly sought criteria is the ability to put together and maintain attractive planted aquaria. If you have a green fingered touch, but also know your way around the hands on, practical side of constructing pipework systems, and working with large filters and life support, then this could be the perfect opening.

As well as rummaging behind the scenes with the day-to-day work of maintaining a public aquarium, applicants will also need to be able to converse with visitors about the displays and the livestock inside. Does it get any better than this? Work fish, talk fish, in a completely fishy environment.

On a personal note, working in a public aquarium is demanding but exhilarating. I’ve done it myself, and loved it so much that at the first opportunity I went back for another taste of it.

You’ll be immersed in a fishy world, with other great aquatic minds, and the network you will put together over the following years will see on talking terms with some of the most fascinating people you’ll ever meet.

Hell, I’m nearly talking myself into it now. In fact, why are you still reading this? Take a look at the details and see if you tick the right boxes.

Good luck, everyone, and I mean that very sincerely!

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